SMC vs. Olivet

Belles Pick Up Win Over Comets

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's tennis team took a decisive 7-2 conference win against MIAA foe Olivet on Wednesday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

The #2 and #3 doubles got things going for the Belles on Wednesday with matching wins. Jessica Kosinski and Mary Catherine Faller earned an 8-4 win at #3 doubles while Mary Therese Lee and Franca Peluso won their #2 doubles by the same 8-4 score. After falling behind early, the #1 doubles duo of Jillian Hurley and Margaret Boden battled back to make their match close. The pair pulled within 7-5 and played multiple deuces before their Olivet counterparts took the 8-5 win.

On the singles side, Mary Therese Lee had several aces as she made quick work of her opponent at #6 singles with 6-0, 6-1 scores. Mary Catherine Faller picked up the fourth win for the Belles on the day with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at #3 singles. Jillian Hurley shortly followed up Faller to secure the win for Saint Mary's with a 6-1, 6-2 decision at #1 singles.

Kate Grabarek had several long points, but held the edge throughout her match by taking a 6-2, 6-1 win at #5 singles. At #4 singles, Franca Peluso jumped out to a 3-0 lead. After dropping the next two games, she went on to win the next nine straight games for a 6-2, 6-0 victory. Jessica Kosinski had a hard-fought loss at #2 singles as she continued to get within striking distance of her Olivet opponent, but came up on the wrong end of an intense 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 match.

The Belles (8-5, 2-1 MIAA) will next take on cross-town Bethel College for a 4:00 p.m. match on Friday at Bethel.

Saint Mary's College 7, Olivet College 2

 Singles competition
1. Jillian Hurley (SMC) def. Caitlin LaValley (OLIVET) 6-1, 6-2
2. Giana Guerra (OLIVET) def. Jessica Kosinski (SMC) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
3. Mary Catherine Faller (SMC) def. Kelsey Singer (OLIVET) 6-2, 6-2
4. Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Rachael Horn (OLIVET) 6-2, 6-0
5. Kate Grabarek (SMC) def. Paige Sedgewick (OLIVET) 6-2, 6-1
6. Mary Therese Lee (SMC) def. Jenna Baker (OLIVET) 6-0, 6-1

 Doubles competition
1. Caitlin LaValley/Kelsey Singer (OLIVET) def. Jillian Hurley/Margaret Boden (SMC) 8-5
2. Mary Therese Lee/Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Giana Guerra/Rachael Horn (OLIVET) 8-4
3. Jessica Kosinski/Mary Catherine Faller (SMC) def. Jordy Bergeron/Paige Sedgewick (OLIVET) 8-4